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Modern Languages

Language Courses at Lord Byng

 
The Modern Languages Department at Lord Byng offers French 8-12, Spanish 10-12 and Japanese.  Junior  students (Grade 8-10) learn French & Spanish using the AIM and TPRS.  
 
Any student coming to Byng who is currently in French Immersion will be automatically placed in our French 11 Enriched Junior class. This class is designed for junior students with an advanced knowledge of French. No testing required!
 
Our Modern Language department head is Ms. Paula Violi (pvioli@vsb.bc.ca)
  

Lord Byng Modern Language Department  

  • Madame Calman
  • Madame Hematee 
  • Monsieur Raoul
  • Madame Violi
  • Madame Tsoulos
  • Madame Makris
  • Olafsson Sensei 
 
Modern Languages - French
 
Note: If you are already a native French speaker, see your counsellor for the Challenge exam or correspondence program.
 
French 8 (MFR--08)
Grades: 8                                                                                               
Prerequisite: None (other than a positive attitude!)
Supplemental Supplies: Highly recommended Online Portal - $TBA
 
Lord Byng is using the Accelerative Integrative Method for teaching French which combines gestures (kinesthetic learning) with oral / written vocabulary. The goal is to have the students speaking 100% in French from the first day. Emphasis will be put on oral participation and proficiency in French. Written and Reading fluency will be developed through in-depth study of the stories : “Les Trois Petits Cochons”, “L’arbre Ungali”, and “Salut Mon Ami!”.
 
French 9 (MFR--09)                                                       
Grades: 9                                                                                               
Prerequisite: French 8 or permission from Department Head (after placement test)
Supplemental Supplies: Highly recommended Online Portal – $TBA
 
Language teachers will continue to use teaching methods which enable students to speak in French from Day 1.  Classes are highly interactive and emphasize speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.  Fluency will continue to be developed through the study of various stories.  Narrating stories, orally and in writing, allows students to understand and communicate more complex ideas in French in an authentic and meaningful way”.
 
French 9: Enriched (MFR--09ENR)                                
Grades: 9                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Minimum 86% standing in grade 8 French and/or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: Highly recommended Online Portal –$TBA
 
This course may be accelerated so that the content can be enriched to include more projects, oral opportunities, reading and writing. Students will be tested on the same exam material as the regular grade 9 program.
 
French 10 (MFR--10)                                                     
Grades: 10                                                                                            
Prerequisite: French 9
Supplemental Supplies: Highly recommended Online Portal - $TBA
 
Students will learn to use French to communicate authentically and meaningfully in this course.  Building on grammar and vocabulary acquired in French 8 and 9, the course continues to emphasize speaking and listening skills.  Reading and writing fluency will also be developed through an in-depth study of various AIM and TPRS stories.
 
French 10: Enriched (MFR--10ENR)                              
Grades: 10                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Minimum 86% standing in grade 9 French and/or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: Highly recommended Online Portal - $TBA
 
French 10 Enriched is geared towards students who show a love of languages.  French 10 content may be accelerated to allow for enrichment opportunities such as reading French magazines, creative writing and exploring francophone culture.  Students will be assessed on the same material as French 10 (MFR--10).
 
 
French 11 (MFR--11)                                                     
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: French 10
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
 
Grade 11 French follows the program set out in Voyages 1. This is a challenging course that introduces a lot of new vocabulary and grammar in realistic situations. Students are given many opportunities to learn how to express opinions and discuss situations. Partner and group work are encouraged. Students learn how to cooperate and how to plan projects effectively. This ties in with Byng’s social responsibility goal. Topics covered during the year include food, international cuisines, ethnic cooking, childhood advertisements and the media. In French 11, students must consolidate the French they have learned and expand on their ability to express themselves using a variety of verb tenses.
 
French 11: Enriched (MFR--11ENR)                              
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Minimum 86% standing in French 10 and /or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
 
This course may be accelerated so that the content can be enriched to include more projects, oral opportunities, reading and writing. Students will be tested on the same exam material as the regular grade 11 program. French 11 Enriched availability depends on registration numbers, student ability, and maturity.
 
French 11: Enriched Junior (MFR—11ACC)                    
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Previous French immersion experience and /or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
 
This course is intended for students coming from a French Immersion program. The course work follows the curriculum set out with the regular French 11 program but incorporates elements  of Immersion programs.
 
French 12 (MFR--12)
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Recommended 67% or higher in French 11
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
This course no longer has a Provincial Exam
 
Course topics include travel, study and exchange programs in the francophone world, art forms and the creative process, the environment and the media. Intensive course work consists of further development of listening and speaking skills and written expression. Students are expected to function effectively in French in the classroom. Use of French will account for a minimum of 40% of each term.
  
 
French 12: Enriched (MFR—12ENR)
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Minimum 80% or higher in French 11 and/or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
This course no longer has a Provincial Exam
 
French 12 is geared towards developing students’ ability to express meaning with nuance, complexity, and clarity in a wide variety of contexts. This course may be accelerated so that the content can be enriched to include more projects, oral opportunities, reading and writing. Students will be tested on the same exam material as the regular grade 12 program.
 
French 12 Enriched availability depends on registration numbers and student ability and maturity.
 
French 12: Enriched Junior (MFR—12ACC)
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Minimum 80% or higher in French 11 and/or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA workbook deposit
This course no longer has a Provincial Exam
 
This course is intended for students who have completed the French 11 EJ course who have come from a French Immersion program. The course work follows the curriculum set out with the regular French 12 program but incorporates elements of Immersion programs.
 
AP French Language (AFRL-12)                                                
Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Minimum 75% or higher in French 12 and/or recommendation by teacher
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA French AP Guide
 
The AP French Language and Culture course aims to develop students' appreciation for both the French language and Francophone cultures.  The course places particular emphasis on the teaching of culture through reading, interpreting, and writing of a variety of authentic French-language literary texts and multimedia materials.  A high level of fluency in French is required along with a broad vocabulary, and sound grammatical foundations.  The multidisciplinary approach of this course will integrate lessons based on six themes, including Global Challenges, Science and Technology, and Beauty and Aesthetics.  Activities will include blogging, interviews, oral and written presentations, emails, films, songs, etc.  Students who successfully complete this course and achieve a high ranking on the AP exam will get credit for first-year university-level French courses.  (Open to students in grade 10-12). 
 
  
 
Modern Languages - Japanese
 
Japanese 10 (MJA--10)
Grades: 10, 11, 12  
Prerequisite:  None
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
 
This introductory Japanese language course will focus on listening, speaking, writing and reading with an emphasis on practical, communicative language.  Students will also be introduced to the Japanese writing system of hiragana and katakana.  Students will be introduced to the Japanese language through a variety of authentic language learning activities. Cultural knowledge will also be expanded through the use of various texts, projects, fieldtrips and classroom experiences.  This course is not intended for heritage language learners. ELL learners at Level 3 or higher may enrol.
 
Japanese 11 (MJA--11)
Grades: 11, 12  
Prerequisite:  Japanese 10 or teacher approval
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
 
Students will continue to develop their listening comprehension and oral proficiency, as well as their reading and writing skills, at an intermediate level. Kanji will be introduced, in addition to the continued use of hiragana and katakana writing systems.  Students will continue to experience Japanese language through a variety of authentic language learning activities.  Cultural knowledge will also be expanded through the use of various texts, projects, fieldtrips and classroom experiences.  This course is not intended for heritage language learners.  ELL learners at Level 3 or higher may enrol.
 
Japanese 12 (MJA--12)
Grades: 12  
Prerequisite:  Japanese 11 or teacher approval
Supplemental Supplies: $TBA
 
Students will continue to develop their communication in a range of situations while also experiencing and demonstrating intercultural understanding.  Listening comprehension and oral proficiency, as well as reading and writing skills, at a high intermediate level, will be the focus. Hiragana, katakana, as well as the introduction of more kanji will allow students to express and respond to a variety of authentic language learning situations on a range of interpersonal and cultural contexts.  Cultural knowledge will also be expanded through the use of various texts, projects, fieldtrips and classroom experiences.  A school trip to Japan may be offered.  This course is not intended for heritage language learners.  ELL learners at Level 3 or higher may enrol.
 
  
 
Modern Languages - Spanish
 
The three Spanish courses cover four years of course work into three years.
 
Spanish 10 (MSP--10)
Grades: 10, 11, 12                          
Supplemental Supplies: Highly Recommended access to a vocabulary and gesture portal - $TBA
 
As Canada increasingly develops greater connections with Latin America, this introductory Spanish language course for students in grades 10 (but also open to grades 11 and 12) uses the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).  This technique has proven to quickly develop students’ proficiency in Spanish, with a particular focus on speaking and listening at first.  Spanish 10 is taught in a fun and interactive way, ensuring that the vocabulary students learn is relevant to their own lives, and to their future travels, studies, or work related to Spanish.  To increase their interest in the language, cultural activities such as music, food, dance and film are also integrated into the course
 
Spanish 11 (MSP--11)                                                   
Grades: 11 or 12                                                                                  
Prerequisite: Spanish 10
 
This course builds on listening comprehension and oral proficiency.  Increasing importance is placed on reading and writing skills.  Students will compose and write short dialogues and will write simple compositions.  Cultural knowledge will also be expanded.  Text: Descubre 2
 
Spanish 12 (MSP--12)                                                   
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: 67% or higher in Spanish 11 recommended
This course no longer has a Provincial Exam.
 
Students will continue to develop the language skills begun in earlier grades.  Considerable emphasis will be given to writing.  Cultural awareness will be aided by the use of textbook selections, dialogues, research projects, music and film.  Text: Descubre 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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